Achieving Effective Working Relationships with Medical Professionals

by Wendy Williamson |   Date Released : 29 Aug 2011
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Wendy Williamson

About the author: Wendy Williamson

Wendy A. Williamson, PhD, is nationally recognized as a leading educator, writer, author, and fitness professional and is a sought-after speaker in the areas of general personal training education, medical exercise services, and post-rehabilitation. She owns Williamson Fitness Consulting ( and is a frequent lecturer for national conventions and trade shows. In 2005 and 2006, the American Council on Exercise recognized Dr. Williamson as one of the leading personal trainers in the nation. Dr. Williamson is the Corporate Education Director for seven GENESIS Health Club locations and provides hands-on post-rehabilitation specialist in Wichita, Kansas.

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Williamson, Wendy | 31 Aug 2011, 02:17 AM

Nick: thank you for your thoughts, kind words, etc. Your comments were also well received and I would hope that we could all be focused upon the patient and client. You are right without insurance there is no money in the pockets of the physician. With the new health care law, we (fitness professionals) may become involved in the "medical home" approach. I am not sure we even want to venture the 'insurance arena' but there could be some opportunities. I also realize this could open a can of worms. I still believe in the qualified fitness professional that can make an incredible difference every single day in the lives of clients and with the teamwork of the medical community a lot less pain can be experienced.

Sinitiere, Nick | 30 Aug 2011, 13:36 PM

Excellent article with many valid points. Insurance is a big hinder to movement being prescribed as therapy and "medication". Ultimately this puts no money in the hands of the medical community, so why would they allow it? Unfortunately thats the nature of our situation in this country. We mask symptoms with pills and powders because it makes money. Curing people does not. I truly appreciate you putting this article together, as this is something that needs to be brought to light. The fact that there is a huge variability in knowledge base and practical skill with exercise professionals. I've met math teachers that know more about human body function than 99% of the fitness industry, and I've also met personal trainers who know more biochemistry and physiology than 99% of MD's I've met. If we can figure out a way to gain all exercise professionals on the same level as far as knowledge and practical application, we would have a much better case for movement and medication integration, in theory, in practice, but most importantly, insurance-wise.

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